About Us

OUR MISSION


Our mission is to Love the hair, learn the hair and grow the hair using the best quality products, in a safe and comfortable atmosphere with the same goal in mind.

MEET SESS



Sess
Lee Cannon

President & Founder

My name is Sess Cannon and I would love to say I have always loved and embraced my natural hair but this would not be completely true. After many years of ups and downs for this mane of mine I have researched and driven my way into becoming a known beautician who specializes in educating people on natural hair and helping build confidence in their decision to emrace it.

Growing up I had very wild curly hair often being referred to as fluffy or untamed, I never really knew what to do with my hair and it was clear that my parents didn’t either. My mother being white with long straight hair (with the exception of her curly perm in the picture above and my father black with short tightly coiled hair, I was caught somewhere in the middle of the two textures. My mother handled my hair the best she knew how. I know she would get horrible looks from others when we were out because my hair was never ‘done’. She took me to numerous salons trying to find a solution to my curly hair but most beauticians either offered to relax it or scolded her for not knowing what to do herself. I believe this only made her feel worse as if her parenting was being examined because my hair was not done. She stopped taking me to salons and just started throwing the infamous headband on my head and calling it a day. Luckily after enough time passed I was old enough to start experimenting with my hair myself and there began my journey.

As I got older I continued to feel that other people still viewed my hair as different and my hair did not quite fit in on either crowd so I just tried my best to keep it straight. I would go weeks and weeks without washing it until my grandmother decided to take me to a black salon here in Peoria to get a relaxer. Her being white she had no idea why I would not wash my hair more often and why it looked so greasy to her. I did not refrain from washing it because I thought I was not supposed to, I did not wash it often because I wanted to keep it straight as long as I could without the struggle of having to straighten it again.

With the idea my whole life that my hair needed to be fixed, I relaxed it, straightened it, ironed it, hot combed it and anything I could that would keep the topic of my hair under the radar from 6th grade until about sophmore year in high school. I experimented with the curly look a few times after sophmore year but my hair was so damaged that I had to cut most of the straight ends off before I could really see what my naturally curly hair looked like.

Once I went to college I really started to embrace my curls and recreate the way I perceived myself and my hair. Others started commenting on how beautiful my curly hair was and asked if I could help them with theirs. I started styling hair and consulting all over campus about hair and what I learned to make mine look the way it did. I realized that once I cut away the damage from both my hair and perception I began to peel away the layers of myself and start the journey of loving me exactly for how I was made and i learned to embrace what made me and my hair so uniquely different. I love my curly hair and now that i have a daughter with beautiful curls herself, I make it my priority to learn and love her curls and teach her to do the same.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”


You are created in the image of God, and God doesn’t make junk! Like strands of hair, every person is unique. No two are the same. God sees you as a masterpiece; and when you look in the mirror, He wants you to “know that full well.”

GIVING BACK


 

At Sess Lee Curls, we’re committed to giving back. Whether that be in confidence, beauty, education, knowledge or just inspiration.